Overbay’s two homers lift Blue Jays over Red Sox

Posted: 21/08/2010 in MLB

Overbay, Blue Jays score 16 runs in rout of Red Sox

Lyle Overbay hit two three-run home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays dominated the Boston Red Sox, 16-2, in the opener of a three-game set.

Overbay finished the game 4-for-5 with a career-high seven RBI and three runs scored, while John McDonald added a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who came into the game having dropped their previous two. Jose Bautista added his MLB-leading 38th home run of the year.

Brett Cecil (10-6) was the beneficiary of all the run support and tossed a solid game of his own, giving up two runs and nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Dusty Brown clubbed a two-run double to account for Boston’s offense, as the Red Sox fell for the second straight game.

Jon Lester (13-8) had the worst start of his career as he was pounded for a career-high nine runs on eight hits with three walks in just a career- low two-plus innings. Coming into the contest, he was 5-1 over his past six starts against Toronto with a 1.98 earned run average.

“Like a normal start,” said Lester. “I’m not too concerned how I feel down in the bullpen. It’s taking it out to the game [that matters]. I’ve thrown worst bullpens and actually have thrown a no-hitter. It doesn’t really matter what goes down there. It’s already gone.”

Toronto got to Lester in the first inning to take the lead. With the bases loaded, John Buck punched a single to right that plated two runners. After Aaron Hill popped out, Overbay clubbed a 3-1 pitch over the Green Monster for a 5-0 lead.

In the second, the Blue Jays added another run as Bautista’s sacrifice fly plated Fred Lewis, who led off the inning with a double and went to third on a Yunel Escobar single.

Toronto continued to pour it on in the third as Buck singled to start off the frame, Hill followed with a walk and Overbay clubbed his second three-run home run of the game for a 9-0 lead.

“I mean when you throw two balls down the middle, that doesn’t really help my cause. Obviously, he put two real good swings on them and hit them out,” said Lester about Overbay.

Escobar’s two-run double in the fifth extended Toronto’s lead to 11-0.

In the sixth, McDonald drilled a three-run home run to give the Blue Jays a 14-0 advantage.

Bautista’s solo shot in the seventh made it a 15-0 contest.

Boston finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh when Brown’s two-out double plated Darnell McDonald and Jed Lowrie to make it a 15-2 game.

Overbay’s RBI single in the eighth accounted for the final score.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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